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Believing Is Seeing: Observations on the Mysteries of Photography
Believing Is Seeing: Observations on the Mysteries of Photography
by Errol Morris
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £25.98

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating and funny, 12 Oct. 2012
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Errol Morris clearly has an intellect worth engaging but what comes through just as strongly is his sense of humour. A wonderful storyteller, he turns each of the chapters into a thriller, with a dark wit underlying the lot. It makes what could have been heavy going into a joy to read.

There are four sections, each covering a major topic on the implications of photography. And in each section, Morris uses a set of images to demonstrate his point of view.

These include;
the intentions of the photographer
what photographs reveal and conceal
captioning, propaganda and fraud, and
photography and memory.

After reading a variety of photographic theory, it is wonderful to have such a skilled practitioner re-examine photography and turn some of the basic interpretations on their head. This is a timely treatise on the nature of photography.

I highly recommend it to any photographer or documentary film director, and anyone else interested in the theory of photography and documentation.

Errol Morris: Interviews (Conversations with Filmmakers)
Errol Morris: Interviews (Conversations with Filmmakers)
by Livia Bloom
Edition: Paperback
Price: £24.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating discussions on the nature of Morris' work, 12 Oct. 2012
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I loved reading this book. Organised chronologically, the structure of the book makes it easier to see the development of Morris' work and techniques along with the technology available to him. It also gave me the opportunity to revisit the films they were discussing as I went along.

One of the best directors around, Morris is well read and erudite and this leads to a fascinating exploration of the nature of film. His discussions as to the meaning of film, and the implications of the documentary paradigm are worth the cost of the book alone.

I highly recommend it.

Lip Service - Series 1 [DVD]
Lip Service - Series 1 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Laura Fraser
Price: £4.99

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lip Service Series 1: excellence in all areas, 6 Jan. 2011
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This review is from: Lip Service - Series 1 [DVD] (DVD)
This short series, only six episodes, is one of the best written drama shows around. Focusing on three friends in Glasgow, all of whom happen to be lesbians, has not been done before with such honesty. There is a lot of humour in the script too, as well as plenty of drama to push the storylines along. What really stands out is that it isn't preachy or trying to instruct anyone about being queer, as that's already been done. So a series after The L Word is free to allow the characters the freedom to exist within their world without having to reference a variety of issues that aren't germaine to the characters. The scriptwriting is excellent.

The storytelling is well backed up by excellence in other areas, such as the cinematography, set design and costume. All are modern and appropriate to the style of the show and the story told through the eyes of the characters. The cinematography also shows Glasgow off really well and the soundtrack is all local bands apparently. The editing is also really well done and is absolutely seamless.

The acting is first rate. Having one of Scotland's stars in one of the main roles probably doesn't hurt either, especially as Laura Fraser is gorgeous as well as having the depth to play the part. Her character, Cat McKenzie, is the core character in many ways, as the two other main characters are her best friend and her ex-lover, and other characters are her brother, her new lover, and her work colleague.

What's lovely is that it really isn't about being gay, but about characters who happen to be gay (and out, and not tortured about it for a change). And their world feels much more real in that it contains people who are straight, and men too. That's not to say that there isn't lots of lesbian sex, and some of it is really hot, but that its all done in context and all of it is appropriate to the characters at that time in their lives. Brave performances from the actors make it much more real too.

I loved this series. Apparently the BBC has commissioned another series, so hats off to all involved in the production and good luck with series 2.

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